Yes, I am like Daisy, I love them all but I do agree that, in terms of difficulty, parrots are, by far, much more difficult than dogs and cats. In my personal opinion and without going into even 'easier' species (like mice -I have 1 mouse), cats are the easiest -I have 6 of them (fresh water, fresh food and clean litter box twice a day and, once a week, laundry their beds, buy them toys and different scratching posts, a few cuddles, a little ear scratching and that's the end of that); followed by dogs -I have 7 (fresh water, fresh food twice a day, three or four walks -I don't walk them, I let them out to the fenced in backyard so it's even easier for me- periodic grooming, laundering beds and sweaters, some initial training, a few toys, room on the bed for them and that's the end of that) but parrots... I spend hours cleaning their birdroom every day, I shop and cook especially for them (expensive supplements, too), I have to keep track of sunrise and sunset and make sure I am always home during those hours, I have to spend hours on one-on-one, I've had neighbors' complaints about them, I need to make sure I have an extra room for them wherever we live and to have it all parrot-proofed, toys and wood for chewing, and, worst of all, I worry constantly about their health, happiness, diet, etc. Very hard, very time-consuming, very labor-intensive, very expensive and very life-changing (my family no longer complains but they will tell you that, in my house, it's all about the birds, the birds, the birds -LOL).
But I did not bring them into my life because they are exotic, beautiful, affectionate or anything, (although they are!) I brought them in because people asked me to and they needed somebody to take care of them, somebody to love them for what they are and not for what they can give. Parrots are the animals that suffer the most in captivity and there are way too many out there without a home because of the neglect, abuse or bad conditions they were kept before so I took (I no longer take any in unless it's a real sad situation) in the ones that were considered unadoptable/unmanageable for one reason or another. I don't regret it because I love them all but, in truth, I hope I had never found out about parrots' plight in captivity.
Last edited by petiteoiseau; 01-18-2014 at 08:11 AM.